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Lighting The Reef Aquarium, It Must Be Correct

Lighting The Reef Aquarium, It Must Be Correct

Everyone, aquarist or not, sees a healthy established marine reef aquarium as beautiful. It’s an advertisement for Mother Nature, and to humans an alien world. The corals sway in the currents displaying lovely colours and interesting shapes. So what is so important to corals in the aquarium

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Lighting The Marine Aquarium

Lighting The Marine Aquarium

Lighting the marine aquarium, wow, this could be a big subject! In fact it doesn’t need to be, as said on other occasions there isn’t a requirement to wear horn-rimmed glasses and a white coat when enjoying the marine aquarium hobby. Lighting has been written about before

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Special Lights On A Reef Aquarium – Why?

Special Lights On A Reef Aquarium – Why?

“The fish are fine under standard non-aquarium lights, even if I buy just white lights they are still ok. Why not corals?” This is an understandable question. Marine reef fish come from the same areas as the corals so why spend more? There is a good answer

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Marine Aquarium Lighting Is Really Important

Marine Aquarium Lighting Is Really Important

A well set up and stocked mature marine aquarium is beautiful, even to those who are not interested in having one. Anyone passing by one of these aquariums, be it private or public, will stop and gaze. Setting up a marine aquarium takes time and patience but

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Enough Light? Must Be

Watching a marine aquarium is a great pleasure and probably one of the major reasons why so many keep them. With a reef system sometimes a new arrival is seen to appear, or a species of coral that is already present appears somewhere else. On a few

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Remember The Lighting

What is the most important part of a marine system? Lighting? Well no, it isn’t, seawater quality is the number one with both fish only and reef aquariums. High seawater quality means there shouldn’t be any indication of ammonia or nitrite. Nitrate should be as low as

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What Are Moonlights For An Aquarium?

For a marine fish only aquarium lighting is simple, the fish need to be able to see and be seen. For a reef system the lighting is more complicated, as not only do the fish need to see and be seen the corals will normally have zooxanthallae

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Watch The Heat From That Metal Halide

Metal halide lighting is very popular with reef keepers, particularly those who keep hard (SPS) corals. This is because it is a very powerful light that can penetrate deep into the aquarium provided that the bulb wattage has been correctly selected. Metal halide is likely to be

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How To Determine What Aquarium Lighting You Need

When the decision has been made that keeping a marine aquarium is for you the next decisions are what animals you want to keep and what equipment you will need to use. One of these decisions is what type of lighting you should use above your aquarium.

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Will LED Lighting Ever Replace Metal Halide?

Whatever type of marine system is kept lighting is important. With a fish only aquarium the fish need a day cycle and of course need to see where they are going. It’s also good that the aquarist can see the fish! With reef systems the lighting is

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